Passport & Visa

Obtaining a passport

All students must have a valid passport to travel outside the United States. If you have not yet applied for your passport, you must do so immediately. Obtaining a passport can take quite a bit of time and can delay the visa process and flight reservations. U.S. citizens can apply at the nearest local authorized passport acceptance facility (such as a post office) or through Department of State Passport Agency. The U.S. Department of State provides instructions on where and how to obtain a passport. Passports are mailed to the applicant four to six weeks after the application is received, and are valid for ten years.

Your passport must be valid for the full duration of your stay abroad. If your current passport will expire within six months of the end of the program, it must be renewed at this time. Otherwise, it might be difficult to enter the country, you may be unable to apply for any necessary visas, and you may have to briefly surrender the passport while abroad, during which freedom to travel may be restricted. Most students need to have their passports 3-6 months prior to departure in order to apply for student visas.

Obtaining a Student Visa

A visa is official/legal permission to enter a country for a stated purpose and specified period of time and is granted by the government of that country. Requirements and procedures for student visas vary by country

If you plan to study abroad in a country that requires a student visa, you will be guided through the application process by the OSA staff. While the Office of Study Abroad will assist participants about procedures and requirements, securing a visa is an individual responsibility, and not one that OSA or Webster University can or will assume. Visa requirements vary by country and by jurisdiction; some consulates allow students to mail in student visa applications while others require students to apply in person.  Please note that these are regulations imposed by the government of the host country, not Webster University.

Visa Routes

Students are required to procure the proper visa (if applicable) for studying in the United Kingdom. There are three visa routes depending on the length of stay and your nationality (see below). Also, to see if you require a visa please visit:

  1. Student Visitor Route (visa for entry not required)
  2. Student Visitor Visa
  3. Tier 4 (General) Student Visa
UK Visa

Student Visitor Route

U.S. citizens and all other non-visa nationals are allowed to live and study in the U.K. up to 180 days without procuring a visa as the US and the UK operate a visa waiver program. Students can enter the country as a student visitor. There are limitations based on student visitors. For example, you cannot do any paid work and you cannot extend your stay.Again, prior visa entry clearance is not required to come to the UK under this category. You will be requesting entry as a Student Visitor when you arrive at the UK airport.

Student Visitor Visa

If your period of study is for less than 6 months and you are a visa-national you will need to apply for a student visitor visa in advance.Visa fees, postage fees and/or travel fees to secure a student visa in person are the responsibility of the student.For more information and guidance on the Student Visitor visa process, please visa the UKBA website.

Tier-4 (General Student) Visa

If your period of study is for longer than 6 months and/or you are a visa-national,  you will need to apply for a Tier-4 visa in advance. Regent’s University London will assign a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number to you which you will receive via email. The CAS is a unique reference number that students use to apply for permission to study in the UK as a Tier-4 (General) student.Visa fees, postage fees and/or travel fees to secure a student visa in person are the responsibility of the student.For more information and guidance on the Tier-4 (General) visa process, please visa the UKBA website.

Visa Services

The following are visa services that may assist you with obtaining your visa for an additional fee. Please note that these services are not endorsed by or affiliated with Webster University.


Webster University is not legally in a position to give any advice on applying for a visa. The office accepts and processes visa applications.If you need further information, please direct your inquiries to the .

Updated Flight Regulations

To obtain the latest information about what can and cannot be brought aboard a plane when traveling internationally, please visit the Transportation Security Administration.